This case is an example of a large & aggressive ‘C’ shaped curve at 59 degrees in a young girl aged 13.
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A young lady, 13 at the time and in year 8, presented with a large single ‘C’ shaped curve measuring 59 degrees. She reported spinal pain occurring 50—75% of the time and growing deformity over the last 8 – 12 months. She was concerned about her breathing problems, possibility of degeneration and the likelihood of surgery. It was affecting her sitting and sleep positions and other daily routines. Interventions were required to stabilize the curve and to achieve reduction where possible. Surgery was advocated within 8 months.
An initial consultation was arranged and the client’s medical history, lifestyle behaviours were analysed. The severity of the Scoliosis was assessed and measured. Preventative and proactive strategies to manage Scoliosis were then formulated, which empowered the client and her family with the knowledge to manage her own curve.
With surgery looming, this client commenced a 3-week daily intensive programme (3-hours per day). Sample exercises were trialled over the first first 3 days before settling on a specific programme of what to ‘do’ and ‘avoid’. Based on her spine’s responsiveness to the exercises, the most effective exercises were then tailored to her specific curve and maintained through the intensive period.
- Her curvature humping flattened considerably
- The spine moved quite dramatically to centre with an increase of 12 mm in the 3 weeks
Visual improvement over three weeks
The client responded well to preventive strategies and active treatment. As seen from the images and reported results, the client demonstrated movement of her spine towards the middle of the body, No follow up x-rays were taken nor necessary to demonstrate improvement.
One step better than stabilisation is reduction. This is not always achieved though was apparent in this case. The Gold Standard for measuring remains with x-ray, however if results can be visualised to this extent, x-rays may not be warranted. This case follows an intensive 3-week 3hourly session performed from late Nov to early Dec 2014.
Slouching is all too prevalent in our society and avoidance of this is one of the key components for a healthy spinal shape. Screens as in this case can lead to altered bio-mechanics and parents are well advised if they adopt a home strategy of advising their children to use screens at the table / desk.
Severe curves as seen in this case require urgent intervention.
Prognosis: Expectation is that this spine is likely to continue to centre given follow-up care over 1 year.
All results on this site have been achieved without bracing, machines, surgery or medications.
Disclaimer: These results are not indicative that this can be achieved in every case.
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